Directory Celebrants in Christchurch
You can have the romantic wedding of your dreams.
Traditional, Celtic, Spiritual, Polynesian or Oriental. You can have prayers, poems and readings - indoors or out in the Sunshine. You can also have Handfasting and Jump the Broomstick if that is what you would like. I’m an Irish New Zealander and I love the flexibility NZ law allows.
My Job: During the ceremony it’s my job to ensure that together you are at your very best - smiling, relaxed and in-the-moment. It’s also my job to see that your guests are relaxed, happy and enthralled by a ceremony they are part of. When we meet we can talk about this and why it shows in my reviews and why it will show in the photographs of your wedding.
Visiting NZ: I can make most of the arrangements and many of my weddings are arranged via skype.
Registry style: If time or money are issues you can have a fun but ‘Registry Office style’ wedding at my House & Garden on the hills overlooking Christchurch.
Kate and Jason said: Sean was amazing, we would recommend him to anyone, easy to deal with & he helped everyone relax, especially Jason and the groomsmen.
Leonie & Dena said: Sean brought solemnity, humour and joy to our nuptials. He included our UK friends who Skyped into the ceremony at 3:30am!
Dena Cowen said: We recently celebrated our third wedding anniversary and the greatest memories from the day (and not just from us) were the food, the music and Sean!
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Throughout our whole wedding experience Sean was a great help, we met up several times in the lead up to the wedding, and he was awsome for supplying vital information relevant to the day, and also how the day in general was going to go down.
Sean definitely put confidence in me regarding the entire ceremony, on the day helped out those who weren’t sure if their role, and ensured that the day flowed smoothly.
Overall Sean was a brilliant and flexible celebrant and although I hope I never have to get married again, would use him for sure.
Wedding Date: October 14, 2017
Was the best wedding ever. Sean made it calm and relaxing and bought life to the whole event. Thank you for everything and helping me through my melt down. Highly recommend
Wedding Date: October 28, 2017
We could not have been more delighted with Sean as a celebrant for our wedding. It was second time around for us both and Sean helped us create a special and intimate ceremony tailored just for us. He was utterly professional in every respect and had great ideas for readings and vows. We appreciated the suggestions he made about how to ensure all immediate family members had a role to play on the day. His sense of humour meant that our guests enjoyed a chuckle while they waited for the bride, yet he was serious and formal when the moment was needed. During the ceremony he had the wonderful skill of making everyone feel a part of the occasion. Although we are an older couple, we both appreciated his directions and helpful tips (eg where to stand and how to walk down the aisle). It gave us a sense of security on a day where we wanted things to go well. We have no hesitation in recommending Sean to any couple contemplating a wedding. He was an excellent choice for celebrant.
Wedding Date: October 7, 2017
Sean was a delight. He made everything so relaxed and easy, but kept it fun. He met with us on a number of occasions leading up to the big day, where he talked through everything step by step and we felt confident that it would run smoothly.
He was very respectful of our wants and needs and allowed us to create our own unique ceremony whilst still keeping the required legality.
I can not recommend Sean enough, he certainly helped us make our day super soecial
Wedding Date: August 26, 2017
Sean was a fabulous celebrant. Great communication and instruction leading up to the wedding - which was greatly appreciated as we organised the entire wedding outside of NZ.
Sean was understanding of the unique manner in which we wanted to run our ceremony and made the day fun and great for all the guests.
I would recommend Sean in a heartbeat and am extremely grateful he was a memorable part of our wedding day.
Wedding Date: June 24, 2017
My husband and I recently got married and it was such a perfect day. Sean Joyce was our celebrant and we feel as though he really contributed to providing the best ceremony.
We met with Sean a few times throughout the whole process. He was always keen to meet up, was very efficient, professional, very informative and experienced. He also did a very good job at keeping everyone in line at the rehearsal and advising what they need to do.
Before our ceremony started, Sean was keeping my husband’s nerves down by showing his great sense of humor to him and our guests before my bridal party and I arrived.
Sean, thank you so much for being our celebrant on such an important and special day of our lives. We will definitely be recommending you.
Marie and Nick Hurst
Wedding Date: April 7, 2017
We chose Sean to be our celebrant. What a great decision that was. Sean was patient, insightful, experienced, and he has a great sense of humor.
Sean sat down with us and walked us through the whole process (numerous times), advised us of what to do (and sometimes what not to do), and made us feel calm and at ease on the day.
I would recommend Sean highly to be your marriage celebrant.
Wedding Date: February 25, 2017
We knew Sean was perfect from our first meeting with his wonderful sense of humour, love and passion for his work, and amazing Irish accent! He endlessly helpful assisting us in planning our ceremony, choosing readings, and didn’t bat an eye even when we changed our plans 100 times. On the day, Sean put everyone at ease and conducted the ceremony with warmth, professionalism and just the right amount of humour. We had so many comments afterwards how fantastic he was and we’re only sorry he couldn’t have stayed for the reception! Thank you Sean for being such a huge part of our wedding - it was the best day of our lives and you made it just perfect Highly highly recommended.
Wedding Date: February 20, 2017
if your searching for a marriage celebrant for your wedding, look no further. Sean Joyce is the man for the job. He made our wedding so special and we can’t thank him enough. Sean put us at ease from the first meeting we had with him. He has an amazing sense of humour, a lovely Irish accent, is sincere and goes that extra mile to make your wedding ceremony special. He offers fantastic advise and makes the whole planning process simple. His professionalism,wit and charm was the icing on the cake.
Sean, Murray and I cannot Thank you enough for making our ceremony so beautiful.x
Wedding Date: January 14, 2017
Sean was a fun and enjoyable celebrant to have for our wedding. He made us feel relaxed and made the ceremony fun and filled with laughter and joy. I highly recommend Sean for anyone seeking a celebrant who is relaxed and willing to thoroughly work with the request of the bride and groom.
Thankyou again Sean
Wedding Date: December 26, 2016
Sean was our celebrant for our wedding. He did an amazing job. He helped make the ceremony a relaxed event with lots of laughter. Our guests kept commenting how much they enjoyed the ceremony. We can’t recommend Sean enough. He helped make our day amazing!
Wedding Date: December 17, 2016
Sean was an amazing participant to our wedding, he made us relax and enjoy the ceremony and I could not recommend him enough. On your wedding day there are enough stresses to worry about, but we had a few extras thrown in, Sean helped us forget about it all and relish the moment.
Wedding Date: November 26, 2016
We couldn’t have asked for a better celebrant. Sean really made the ceremony special and all the guests commented on how great he was. He perfectly tailored the ceremony to suit our personality and made it a beautiful and fun ceremony that made it enjoyable for everyone. We would recommend him to anyone.
Wedding Date: November 19, 2016
I’d seen Sean at a couple of other weddings, so when my husband and I started planning ours we didn’t even bother looking around at other celebrants, we knew exactly who we wanted!
Sean was amazing., he was extremely helpful and made us feel a lot more relaxed (which was super helpful for me as I’m easily stressed!). He got many laughs from the guests, they all loved him!
I don’t think our day would’ve been the same without him, I will definitely be recommending him to everyone!
Wedding Date: October 24, 2015
We wanted a Celebrant that would make our Ceremony a success, so when we saw Sean’s reviews we were very interested.
He was very flexible with meeting times, was warm and made it clear he was available to meet up and go over whatever we needed. We’re both “time-poor” though, and he was also able to work with that.
Sean is quirky and funny, but also incredibly knowledgeable about weddings and thinks of the finer details. I knew that I could just turn up , walk down the aisle, and no matter what happened he was prepared.
The Ceremony was beautiful, the perfect length, and everyone commented about how funny,loving but meaningful it was. He accommodated our Sand Ceremony and prayer from my parents, and gave suggestions for wording during the Ceremony and Readings.
We were rapt with Sean as our Celebrant.
Wedding Date: April 23, 2016
sean was great, we wanted a very low key wedding and it was great. he let us use his home. he came to our house to go over what we wanted and is was great, he was flexible and kind. we didnt leave him much time to actually do it but it was perfect. would reccomend.
michael and pagan macdonald
Wedding Date: July 30, 2016
Sean was our marriage celebrant for our small and simple legal wedding in Christchurch. He was accommodating with our wishes and was able to provide great guidance prior and during the whole ceremony. He was also able to involve our relatives who were Skyping in from the other side of the world. He was a pivotal part in making it a memorable day for us.
Wedding Date: July 16, 2016
Our wedding was organised in just 2 months (yikes).
Sean made us feel comfortable and relaxed upon our first meeting regarding the big day. He laid out the various options and helped with a good overview for everything.
On the day Sean was very funny and it all went smoothly
One thing Shawn had said that helped me alot was to remember to take it all in and hug and kiss my bride to be as its all over before you know it.
We wholeheartedly recommend Shawn as a competent and well practiced celebrant
Wedding Date: April 30, 2016
Sean is a great celebrant very well organised. He gave us lots of advice. Our ceremonies was nice, funny, easy with no stress. I would definitely recommend him.
Wedding Date: March 19, 2016
We would highly recommend Sean as a marriage celebrant. From the first time we met over skype Sean made us feel relaxed and excited about our wedding. He was professional and flexible, meeting us for coffee to have a catch up with how things were going. We had a vision for our wedding to be a day of celebration with lots of love and laughter and Sean helped to create this perfectly during the ceremony. We were so impressed and throughout the day, night and next day guests were commenting on how awesome he was. No-one was more impressed though than my dad, who sent Sean an email to thank him. These were his words and I think it is a great review for Sean from the perspective of the father of the bride:
“The key to a successful event is to start off on the right footing, you certainly facilitated that on the 5th Feb at my daughter’s wedding.
Relaxed, humorous, solemn, happy, enjoyable, emotional and memorable. You stitched all these facets together seamlessly. You must have done it before!
This theme and tempo continued for the rest of the day until the early hours.
Simply thank you for a wonderful ceremony”
Wedding Date: February 5, 2016
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